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    Still from Miss Representation. (Siebel Newsom, 2011). Used with permission from Amy Zucchero.


  issue 4.1 |  

Journal Issue 4.1
Spring-Summer 2012
Edited by Agatha Beins, Jillian Hernandez, and Deanna Utroske
Editorial Assistant: A.J. Barks
Editorial Intern: Vera Hinsey


Miss Representation. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. San Francisco: Girls' Club Entertainment, 2011. 90 minutes.

Student Response by Frederika Morgan

Miss Representation draws attention to the poor image of women in film, television, advertisements, and politics, and it highlights the way those messages are shaping cultural norms as well as societal attitudes. Startlingly, this media distortion of women is a reality we live with everyday, but we are blind to its pervasiveness. As an eye-opening critique of women's misrepresentation in media, the documentary grants viewers a new perspective when consuming media. Through watching Miss Representation, I am more aware of the portrayal of women in media and intend to further explore why media is still such a male-dominated world. Viewers will feel inspired to change the way that the US objectifies women, a sentiment my classmates and I all shared.

Frederika Morgan is a junior at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. Additionally, she is a Douglass College woman and works for The Daily Targum, the official student newspaper of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.


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